In Africa Project

Map of East Africa showing the location of the In Africa project.
Nature cover depicting one of the specimens from Nataruk.

In Africa was a five-year research program funded by the European Research Council (2012-2017) which aimed at discovering and studying fossil and archaeological evidence for modern human evolution in the Kenyan Rift Valley.

The project directed by Prof. M. Mirazón Lahr (LCHES, University of Cambridge) led extensive archaeological surveys and excavations in West Turkana throughout six fieldwork campaigns, during which 18 archaeological sites were identified allowing for the discovery of several thousand human remains, most of which are dated to Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene. Among those sites, Nataruk, has been described as the first evidence of inter-group violence in human history (Mirazón Lahr et al. 2016). Additionally, a number of Middle Pleistocene sites have been discovered in the area.

For more information of on the In Africa project:

Excavation in Lokodongot 2, August 2015

Excavation in Ngingolea Idome, August 2017

Marta Mirazón Lahr and Erus Edung working at the Nataruk site in August 2012

(see, Mirazón Lahr et al. 2016)